Blog, Landscapes

50% off Topaz Simplify

Flooded

Original photo

Flooded

With Topaz Simplify applied

Hi everyone, just a quick heads up about a new promo from the good folks at Topaz Labs. From today until the 28th Feb, Topaz are offering 50% off their Simplify plugin, that’s just $19.99!

Topaz Simplify enables people to get a fine-art painted look without spending tons of time in Photoshop.

Just click here to take you to the website to download a free trial or to purchase straight away. Use the code febsimplify at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Blog, Tips

Super deal-Topaz Labs bundle special offer

Hi everyone, I thought I’d let you know about a great new money saving deal currently being offered by Topaz Labs. They are knocking a whopping $100 off of their suite bundle, so you can now take advantage of all their great plugin products for just $199!
This offer is running from Today, June 24th until July7th, all you need to do is follow this link and enter the code “July4” at checkout.

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Blog, Mono

Topaz B&W Effects2 offer

NOTE: This offer has now ended but it is available at a great price.

The good folks over at Topaz Labs recently asked me to trial their new version of B&W Effects 2, which i was more than happy to do. I’ve been using this over the last few weeks and was so impressed its now become my go to plug-in for my mono workflow.
I’ll be posting a review/overview of this software very soon but in the meantime I’m letting you know that in addition to them releasing version 2.1 of B&W Effects, they are also giving new customers a whopping 30%off! Just follow the link on the right (featuring an image by your truly) and download your free trial. If you like what you see use offer code “bw21” at checkout. (Correct at time of publishing)
Offer ends Sunday!
Thanks for stopping by.

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Blog, Events, HDR, Mono, Tips

Mono Monday-Morgan

So I thought I’d continue with another shot taken a couple of Sundays ago at Bodiam castle for this weeks mono Monday. For this shot I got in close with a fairly wide angle (26mm on cropped sensor) to try and achieve a more dynamic view of this classic Morgan, keeping the aperture to a modest f8 to throw the background just out of focus to create a sense of depth. I still bracketed my shots due to the harsh sunlight but when it came to putting them all together in Photomatix, the top half being of soft focus did not work out at all well, with lots of nasty edges to be seen. I decided the best way around this would be to bring both the HDR version and one of the single brackets into Photoshop combining them using layers, then I gently erased the top half of the HDR image to reveal the single exposure underneath . So what you see above is a mix of both HDR and a single exposure.

The next step was to bring this back into Lightroom, where I used a combination of two or three of onOne software’s free plugins to convert to black and white, then I continued to tweak things until I was happy. HDR mono is not something I’ve really done before, I hope you like the result.

Thanks for looking.